information from King County
King County Executive Dow Constantine unveiled an estimated $30 million operating investment over the next two years that adds 300,000 hours of bus service to reduce overcrowding and improve reliability. The package also adds service in areas that are currently underserved. In addition, the Executive’s proposed biennial budget includes additional funding for safety enhancements and operator training, as well as systems investments that support METRO CONNECTS, Metro’s long range vision.
“As a region, we are increasingly getting around by transit. To meet the needs of riders across our system, we’re making smart investments that will help relieve over-crowding now, and make sure we’re doing the right things to create a more mobile future,” said Executive Constantine. “With a strong local economy, we have the opportunity to make life better for our customers and for our transit employees. And we will target investments for long-term efficiencies.”
Highlights of the $1.6 billion transit biennial operating budget and $1.8 billion, 6-year capital program include: